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Jobseeker's Benefit

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 23 June 2020

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Questions (833)

Norma Foley


833. Deputy Norma Foley asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection if seasonal workers who have been unable to take up employment due to the Covid-19 pandemic will be able to stay on jobseeker's benefit even in instances in which they no longer have a sufficient number of stamps; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [12048/20]

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Written answers (Question to Employment)

Jobseeker's benefit is a weekly payment to people who have lost their employment and who satisfy the scheme's statutory conditions including the requirement to have sufficient social insurance contributions paid. This benefit is paid for 9 months (234 days) for people with 260 or more PRSI contributions paid and for 6 months (156 days) for people who have less than 260 paid.

Where a person has exhausted their claim for jobseeker’s benefit they may apply for support under the means tested jobseeker’s allowance.

I trust that this clarifies the matter.